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What is the Best System for Polished Concrete Maintenance?

Conducting tests on the polished concrete.On a regular basis, many of us are asked: “What is the best way to maintain polished concrete?” Is there one method proven to be superior?

In this article, we’ll explore some field testing reviews and compare traditional DIPs (diamond-impregnated pads) to a newer floor maintenance system involving composite resin abrasives (CRAs).

Greg Cabot
Aug 22, 2018
Contractors Should Have a Resource Network in Place

Unrepaired concrete that is in desperate need of improvement.The air temperature is 97 degrees F, the concrete arrives late and it turns out it’s a hot load. A set retarder is added, which only makes matters worse. The concrete now sits for eight hours before you can do anything with it. Now what?

Chris Sullivan
Aug 22, 2018
Concrete Expectations: Set the Bar Properly at the Onset

A control joint in a concrete slab that has been colored integrally.Setting the bar properly for your clients on the onset ensures happier customers in the long run.

Greg Iannone
Aug 18, 2018
Warming Up to Fireplace Surrounds

A 600 pound fireplace installed on an outdoor balcony in Pacific Beach, Calif. Concrete fireplaces and their architectural elements are quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in decorative concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
May 9, 2009
Thermoplastic Rubber Floors, Pebble-Flex Surfacing System

Pebble-Flex Synthetic Rubber Surfacing System. When it comes to putting a soft, springy surface on top of a craggy concrete floor, Pebble-Flex is where the rubber hits the road.Pebble-Flex Synthetic Rubber Surfacing System. When it comes to putting a soft, springy surface on top of a craggy concrete floor, Pebble-Flex is where the rubber hits the road.

Editors
Jan 9, 2006
Stamped Concrete Overlays Easier to Install, Less Costly than Conventional Way

If a concrete foundation is in good shape, it's less costly and less labor intensive to install a concrete overlay and stamp it than to start from scratch with a new concrete slab.If a concrete foundation is in good shape, it’s less costly and less labor intensive to install a concrete overlay and stamp it than to start from scratch with a new concrete slab.

David Searls
May 26, 2017
Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

Mike Dawson
Jun 19, 2008
How Did the Extreme Winter Affect Exterior Decorative Concrete?

Affects of extreme winter weather on decorative concreteLarge parts of the United States recently experienced a brutal winter of cold temperatures and record snow and ice accumulations.

Chris Sullivan
May 8, 2014
A Guide to Combining Concrete and Steel

Concrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it. Long dining room table that is a combination of metal and concreteConcrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it.

Cody Carpenter
Oct 21, 2012
Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.  

Editors
Jun 17, 2012
Vertical Carving Spring Training at the Oregon Hobbit House

Carving vertical concrete at the West Coast Training Center in Oregon.Nathan Giffin's Vertical Artisans hosted its second weeklong teraining at its West Coast Training Center, an underground "hobbit house" in Lorane, Ore.

Editors
May 12, 2013
Managing Your Decorative Concrete Business for Profit

Manage Your Decorative Concrete Business for ProfitBy my estimation, nearly 80 percent of all decorative concrete businesses fail to reach full earning potential, thanks to some form of mismanagement. Don’t feel bad. This percentage elevates when we combine all other construction trades into the equation.

Doug Carlton
May 4, 2015
New Designs Coming from Custom Concrete Creations Inc.

In the border stamp department, the company is preparing several new models of 18-inch interlocking border stamps to complement the 12-inch tools it already sells. The designs -- a fancy scrollwork, a rose design and a redesigned dolphin pattern -- are expected to be on the market in a couple of months.Custom Concrete Creations Inc., which sells interlocking, swiveling stamps to fit curved borders, plans to corner a whole new market.

Editors
Jul 10, 2005
Specialty Cutting Blades to Make Your Job Easier

A picture of the AirForce F4 by CS UnitecAn overview of different specialty cutting tools, saw blades and chains that will help you on be successful on your next job.

Editors
Nov 11, 2009
Understanding the Unique Properties of Hardeners and Densifiers

Concrete floor colored with multiple colors.Sometimes terminology can be confusing. Take the case of chemical hardeners and densifiers.; these words have somewhat unusual meanings within the realm of concrete.

This article outlines the different properties and meanings of both.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 12, 2007
How to Design, Cast and Install a Concrete Oven Hood - Part 2

Casting an oven hoodThe finish of the hood needs to coincide with the complexity of this application. The expectation of the final outcome, and how you will accommodate errors in the finish, holes, sags, and other blemishes especially considering the mold is assembled as you spray, make it difficult to make a perfect crème finish.

Jeff Kudrick
Apr 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Carving in Minus 25 Degrees

Gray carved concrete in cold weather.Decorative concrete craftsman and landscaper Randall Klassen cannot afford to let cold slow him down. He works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cold comes with the territory.

Editors
Dec 12, 2012
Sink Molds, Edge Detail Molds, Tools and Fiber Optics for Concrete Countertops from Infinicrete

A bathroom vanity made with concrete and a double sink feature.For the past three years, decorative concrete artisan Jeff Kudrick has been developing his own sink and countertop molds and decorative concrete tools under the brand name Infinicrete, using them regularly in high-profile projects and distributing them through manufacturing companies Cheng Concrete and SureCrete Design Products.

Editors
Apr 9, 2011
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